A BUNNY rabbit is hop-ing to bounce back to its owners this Easter after escaping the jaws of a fox.

At around 9pm on Sunday evening (April 1) Acting Police Sergeant Terry Meegan was in his car patrolling Sidcup.

When he got to Burnt Oak Lane, at the entrance of Rose Bruford College, he noticed what he thought was a fox dragging a carrier bag across the road.

Sgt Meegan said: "It was actually a bunny rabbit. I had to stop because otherwise I would have run it over.

"I got out and the fox let it go. The rabbit tried to move but it was shocked."

Sgt Meegan put the wounded animal into his car and went to get a cat basket.

He told News Shopper: "It was suffering from a bit of shock and a bit of fur was missing from its neck.

"I think it would have been dinner for four or five other foxes hanging around the area. It would have been a grizzly end."

The rabbit is now recovering at Oval Pet Centre but will be moved to a rescue centre if it is not claimed within the next couple of days.

Sgt Meegan, who carried out house-to-house inquiries on the night, said: "It can only be a local pet owner because it was in good condition.

"Hopefully we can reunite it with a poor child who has lost the love of their life."

He added: "My inspector called it the 'Easter White Rabbit'."

The male rabbit is white and grey with red eyes.

This was the second time Mr Meegan has come face to face with a fox in his 10 year career.

Last year he required 10 stitches after being bitten on the finger while trying to help an injured fox, which had been run over.

Anyone with information about the rabbit, should call Oval Pet Centre on 020 8302 1521.